Flying Roll II
Purity & Will
By G. H. Frater N.O.M.
Before even strength of will, you will must have purity of body, mind,
intellect and of emotion if you hope for magical power. The spiritual
powers will flourish only as you starve the animal soul, and the animal
soul is largely dependent on the state and treatment of the animal body.
The animal man is to be cared for and protected, kept in health and strength,
but not petted. Be moderate in all things human. Extreme ascetic habits,
are to you here, a source of another danger, they may lead only to a contemplation
of your own Heroism, in being abstinent. To be truly ascetic is indeed
to submit to discipline and to curb unruly emotions, thoughts and actions.
But, who is a slave to his animal soul, will practice vice in a Forest;
while he who restrains himself among the crowds of a city, and passes
through a busy life unpolluted, shows more resistance and suffers severer
discipline, and shall obtain greater reward.
Part II - Remarks upon Subject for Contemplation
By V. H. Fra Levavi Oculos
Spiritual power results from the transmutation of the gross animal nature.
The various centres of sensation in the human body can be harmonised by
the equipose or circulation in the contrary forces of attraction and repulsion
-- or, on the other hand, the vehicle of excess. If 'Our God is superlative
in His Unity', analogy must follow between the greater and lesser worlds.
One of Danton's clairvoyants once described a lake of gold in the centre
of the earth, and we have the injunction 'visita interiora terrae, etc.'
The primum mobile of even a commonplace vessel is placed in the centre
of the ship. Now, the place of power and seat of equipoise is in numbers;
the number 5 as has been pointed out: - 1234 5 6789. That is the Sephira
Geburah 'Where there is Gold', whose lineal figures traced with the single
point uppermost is the most powerful continuous symbol there is. By the
sign of the Microcosm is the symbolized the athanor of the Alchemist -
at everybody's hand with out their knowing it. 'A strong and decided will',
says Levi, 'can in short space of time arrive at absolute independence'.
The condition of equipoise is therefore necessary before the manipulation
of the will is even possible; and will is something more than the ascending
of our higher desires over the lower, being a kind of electric force,
the executive of desire. In this light it is the creative power, which
fashions according to the ideal form or subsisting types. It is therefore
through the agency of the will that the hidden becomes manifest, whether
in the Universe or Man. The student has to learn to arouse those forces
within him or her self. This masterly indifference is the great theme
of the Bhagavada Gita and the Indian Yogis - in fact both East and West
unite in teaching us to preserve that equal mean between two extremes,
which is the law of immortality.
Part III - Three Suggestions on Will Power
Head 1. In studying the nature of the will force we are aided by our
Minutum Mundi scheme. Mars, Geburah, Fire, Aries, each expressive of the
will force on different planes, are all red in colour. The Red Lion was
used as a symbol by the Alchemists to express the highest powers of the
Adept. The whiteness of purity having been attained, the heat must be
violently increased, until by the redness of perfection strength manifests
Head 2. Now the danger which attends out labours arises from attempting
to exercise this will power, before we have purged ourselves of ignorance
and darkness. Until we know we must refrain from doing. This sounds as
if the case was pretty hopeless; but we have each in our own persons all
the materials for experiment, and as long as we desire light, and do all
we know to obtain it, we are not likely to do ourselves permanent harm;
but at the same time we cannot be too careful in applying the very superficial
magical knowledge we have at present to others, especially to those who
are uninitiated. The danger I have found is that though the first step
is most difficult, I mean it is extremely difficult to gain control over
another's will so as to alter their natural tendencies; yet this is done
the force you have set in motion becomes almost uncontrollable, the other
individual seems sometimes to only live in your presence, and the last
state of that person is worse than the first. This is a noticeable feature
in the cases of those who have been cured by faith healers; or professional
Head 3. Having explained these dangers, the method I advise for cultivation
of will is, to imagine your head as centre of attraction with thoughts
like rays radiating out in a vast globe. To want or desire a thing is
the first step in the exercise of Will; get a distinct image of the thing
you desire placed, as it were, in your heart, concentrate all your wandering
rays of thought upon this image until you feel it to be one glowing scarlet
ball of compacted force. Then project this concentrated force on the subject
you wish to affect.